CBCP urges Comelec to answer complaints on midterm polls

May 29, 2013 11:16 pm 

MANILA, May 29 — The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to take notice of the concerns regarding the recently conducted May 13 midterm polls.

In principle, there are many valid points raised because a lot of people thought the elections were okay, but we all know that like in music it was out of tune, which puts into question so many things,” said CBCP president Archbishop Jose Palma.

The Cebu prelate noted that the poll body need to explain to the citizenry since it is their responsibility to conduct credible and accurate elections.

“They should explain so that we can say that the recently concluded poll was credible and that it truly reflected the will of the people,” Palma added.

Likewise, the CBCP head said the poll body clarify and evaluate the re-use of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines as early as now in preparation for the future polls.

“It’s no longer a question about defective PCOS vs. manual. What we want is PCOS that is reliable,” he said.

The Catholic prelate’s statement was issued a day after the CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action questioned the results of the just concluded electoral exercises.

On Tuesday, the Catholic Church’s social action arm said the recently concluded election was a “mockery of our democracy” and that the results were “questionable citing the large-scale vote buying, disenfranchisement of voters, malfunction of voting machines, corrupted compact flash cards and transmission failures among others. (PNA)



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